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Fannie Elizabeth Rodgers


Sunrise: November 22, 1931

Sunset: May 1, 2019

On May 1, 2019, God granted our mother, Fannie E. Rodgers her wings to be with our Heavenly Father. Fannie Elizabeth Rodgers was born on November 22, 1931, in Greenville, NC to the late Maggie Langley and Johnnie House. After relocating to Norfolk, Virginia, she began her career as a practical nurse in March of 1970. In the years to follow, February of 1977, she became a certified Medical Ward Clerk at Norfolk General Hospital. She then continued her upward trajectory and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Norfolk, while completing courses in dressmaking, fitting, alterations and commercial sewing.

The next forty-four (44) years, she blessed the world with her phenomenal talent as a clothing designer and seamstress. She was absolutely the “best” at her craft in designing men’s suits and specializing in women’s formal gowns and shoes. Sewing was her gift from God as demonstrated through her work at various retail clothing stores, including Barry Manufacturing Company and Upscale. Only one word could accurately describe her sewing skills…” AMAZING”. She added a touch of love to every hem, every cuff, and every stitch. She was very generous in her giving to patrons and friends. You would often fun her counseling and encouraging people, both young and old to do better with their lives. She often would share her talent with the youths, by teaching them art of tailoring. She worked multiple jobs including General Foam Plastic, Gents; and who could forget her “happy” days at High’s Ice Cream on Ballentine Boulevard!! Momma loved smiling, dancing, eating crabs and speaking her mind at all times.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Edward Rodgers (Thalia), Kimberly Cleckley (Nathaniel), Terry Barrett (Lynette) and Sonja Rodgers; grandchildren: Laquanda Coleman, Edrica Taylor, Tajuana Rodgers, Drakea Brehon, Ray Saunders, Mackenzie Reed, Isaiah Reed, Chase Barrett and Olivia Barrett; a sister, Beaulah Moore; 8 great-grandchildren; long-time close friend, Deloris Johnson and a host of relatives and friends. You will be dearly missed by all family members and friends.

Viewing Friday, May 10, 2019 Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Saturday, May 11, 2019 10:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Granby Chapel Interment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320

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    CHERRYL MCCOY-GARRIS says

    Words cannot describe the way I feel.Im going to miss the special moments we had.You are my second mother.Im in Grief way beyond measures.Irving Kim Sonja I Love You All

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    Linda & Eric Parker, Chicago, IL says

    Rodgers Family,

    It is with a heavy and sad heart for the loss of your beloved Mother, Grandmother Mrs. Fannie, which I call her Momma Fannie. Drakea, Tawanda & Laquanda Auntie Linda love & miss you all dearly, how I wish that we could be with you all doing this time of sadness. Kim, and the rest of the family hold on to all the love, laughter and memories of your beloved Mother and Grandmother, to sustain each of you for the days and nights ahead. There is no comfort for loosing a loved one but we can take comfort in knowing that God has her and she will forever be in our hearts and forever remembered by all. Momma Fannie, I see you have a new gig in God’s Kingdom doing your alterations on his Majestic Robe. God’s Peace & Love I leave unto each of you each day.

    Auntie Linda & Eric Parker, Chicago, IL

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    Tammi Butler-Sherman says

    My Deepest condolences to the family. May God continue to cover and surround you’ll with His precious love. Ms Fannie will always hold A special place in my heart and know that she will be missed. Family, you’ll are not alone so hang in there and keep the faith!!! Love yall to life!!!!!
    Love Always,
    Tammi Butler-Sherman & Family

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    Amer Sami says

    Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about “name of deceased” death. We are here to support you in your grieving process. With sincere sympathy
    Our warmest condolences to the family
    Amer & the Family

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    Sister Vanessa Fowler (ENOCH BAPTIST CHURCH) says

    Sister Kim, Sonya – It’s my prayer that the Lord will comfort your hearts during this time and forever. Please remember that our memories are forever when our loved ones are no longer here with us. Sunday will cause deeper sadness, but know that every day will feel like Mother’s Day because Mother Fannie will always be in your heart.. I send my sincere thoughts and prayers to your family.

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    Sheba EDWARDS says

    me and my sisters are sorry for your loss words cannot express what you’re feeling we have been through losing a mother I’m praying and asking God to give you strength in your time of need just think of the good times that you had with her that’s what I had to do to help me to get back granted another angel

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    monica gary says

    RIP mom fanny you will be miss love you family i here if you need me
    MOnica Gary and FaMILY

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    Michelle Key Parker says

    To Kim and the family, God bless you during this difficult time. The Bible says that earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal, and with that we know time heals all wounds. I pray your sorrow heals quickly as remember your mother’s love.

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    Shayla says

    Was an honor to have known you. May you rest in Heavenly Peace Ms. Fannie.

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    Michael Gates says

    Rest In Paradise, Ms. Fannie, My family and I loved you, but God lived you best. We pray strength for your family.

    (I THANK GOD EVERYDAY FOR THE SEWING AND ALTERATIONS, YOU DID FOR ME AND MINE.)

    Humbly submitted: Michael Gates & Family

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